Sunday, 22 February 2015 14:14

The Oscars: MSC's Reviews & Predictions

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This year’s Academy Awards’ nominees are littered with controversy; from fake babies and taboo narratives to mental illness and sound-mix problems, winner predictions are all over the place.

Those who have not had the time to review the nominees can visit here for a complete list. Some highlights include Best Picture nominees: American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Selma, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Whiplash, with all the leading ladies and men scoring noms as well.

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Not to mention that for once, Meryl Streep (nominated for best actress in a supporting role), might not actually take home the golden man. The 19 time Oscar-nominee is up against supporting actresses from some of the Best Picture nominees, like The Imitation Game’s Keira Knightly and Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette — the competition, at worst, is extremely stiff.

Moving along to the nominees most relevant here, the Best Music, Original Score nominees are actually quite disappointing. Of the five nominees, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Mr.Turner, and The Theory of Everything, nothing stands out as extraordinary to us.

The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything basically have the same score - no breakout hit there, Interstellar is a snoozefest, Mr. Turner (A movie we’d never heard of until now) is partially atonal and also a bit boring, and if anything, The Grand Budapest Hotel deserves the win if only because it deviates from the standard antiquated English underscore with some tonal excitement.

Our other music category, that for Best Original Song, is probably going to go to John Legend and Common’s “Glory,” as it’s essentially become the theme song for modern race wars, and as such has the power of politics behind it.

Not to be insensitive, but in our opinion “Everything Is Awesome” from THE LEGO MOVIE deserves the Oscar. It’s fun, upbeat, energetic, silly and and something that encourages positivity in the lives of our youth, but we digress. The other nominees for best song are good too, but certainly “Everything Is Awesome,” and “Glory” are the two stand-outs.

Lastly, we’re shocked to see Interstellar nominated for both best sound editing and sound mixing, because - in case you forgot - the major complaints about the film were solely based around the questionable sound mixing/editing.

The film was criticized for having largely unintelligible dialogue that was overpowered by Hans Zimmer’s score, but somehow director Christopher Nolan managed to turn the whole mistake into intention.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Nolan said, “I’ve always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it's the right approach for this experiential film.” Really?

Apparently his ploy worked, as the score, sound mixing, editing, and film were all nominated for Oscars. Tune in tonight at 7pm EST on ABC to see if Interstellar will sweep, and to see who wins the Brit Boy battle for Best Actor (or if someone else steals entirely!). 

 

 

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